SAVE THE AIDS ORPHANS
STAO is an independent, indigenous non-governmental organization which was started in 1997 by Pastor Nelson Lufafa to address the growing needs of orphans and widows due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Though started as a community based organization, STAO soon upgraded to a nongovernmental organization to better handle the anticipated future characterized by abject poverty and the unending spread of HIV/AIDS. STAO has been a fully independent NGO since 2001 with headquarters in Mafubira, 2 kilometers from Jinja, about two hours east of Kampala, Uganda.
OUR MISSION STAO Uganda is a pro-life giving ministry whose mission and mandate is to uphold the sanctity of human life and endeavoring to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs to the HIV/AIDS orphans and widows facing welfare problems.
OUR VISION To ensure the well being of orphaned children and widows facing welfare problems, our aim is to reach all kinds of HIV/AIDS afflicted people in both rural and urban communities through various means. STAO works in: • Assessing child welfare needs for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children and coordinating resources for their care. • Providing psychosocial care to widows and children whose lives have been affected by AIDS • Empowering widows economically through pursuing income generating activities and vocational training. • Providing formal education for orphans and vulnerable children whose families are affected by AIDS. • Sensitizing and educating communities about HIV/AIDS. • Providing mobile palliative care for people living with AIDS. • Providing spiritual care and support ¬STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
STAO does not discriminate in regard to religious or tribal background in its mission to serve orphans and vulnerable children, and our community members living with AIDS.
Community Placement of Orphaned Children As we identify children that have lost their parents, we trace the next of kin to try and place them there, so as to keep that unique semblance of familial attachment going. In the absence of relatives, we identify families with the capacity to absorb one or two extra children and then place them there. These families are expected to treat the orphans as though they are their own children, by providing them with whatever their families would: food, shelter, medical care, education, clothing, but above all, love without peripheral qualifications. S.T.A.O. now visits these homes twice every month to supervise and ascertain compliance to S.T.A.O.’s child placement standards.
Agape Children’s Home In the absence of a suitable home for orphaned and vulnerable children, STAO provides a home to care for them as they can meet that need. Children’s needs are complex and require physical, social, developmental, and spiritual care to raise them with a sense of self confidence and self worth. Agape Children’s Home currently serves sixty-seven children.
Widows Economic Empowerment Projects It is women who assume